Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints Friday after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.
"Wow. I mean, wow," said Mike Saresky, who flew into Chicago from Philadelphia, where he breezed through airport security in 12 minutes and got to leave his shoes on. "I thought it was going to be a lot worse."
The extra dogs were concentrated at the nation's largest airports, but they were not used for all screenings, meaning that many travelers still had to observe the usual procedures.
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Donald Trump will not be debating Bernie Sanders after all, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee announced Friday, but he was nothing but complimentary to the senator from Vermont at a rally in San Diego.
Trump had provisionally agreed to debate Sanders, but announced Friday afternoon in a news release that it would be inappropriate to debate the second-place candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It prompted a quick retort from Sanders, who was also in California ahead of the state's June 7 primary.
Trump didn't mention the debate at the rally an hour later, but said Sanders is great and decried political pundits for counting him out after he wins Democratic primaries.
Police said Friday that they have identified and are searching for four of the more than 30 men suspected in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl, a case that has rocked Latin America's largest nation and highlighted its endemic problem of violence against women.
The announcement came as acting President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of the security ministers for each of Brazil's states to consider gender-related crimes.
Seeking to defuse tensions, the Democratic National Committee said Friday it will hold public hearings around the country to develop the platform for its summer convention, a focal point for supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, announced that a 15-member platform drafting committee will hold hearings in Washington on June 8-9, Phoenix on June 17-18, St. Louis on June 24-25 and Orlando, Florida, on July 8-9, about two weeks before the Philadelphia convention.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples, NBC News reported.
Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, was found in contempt of court on Thursday morning by Judge David Bunning. Davis has said granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would "violate God's definition of marriage" and infringe on her personal beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
Bunning said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses. Davis was visibly emotional from the stand during the two-hour hearing. She testified that she became a Christian in January 2011 on the day her mother-in-law died.
The judge told all six of Davis' deputy clerks that they must issue marriage licenses to gay couples — or else they will face fines or jail time, too.
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A small World War II vintage plane crashed in the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey Friday evening, and police say they have recovered a body from the sunken aircraft.
The FAA said a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft went down in the Hudson River at about 7:30 p.m., about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge.
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Police escorted an 18-year-old merit scholar out of his Elk Grove, California, high school graduation Tuesday for refusing to remove his Kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric.
Nyree Holmes, now a graduate of Cosumnes Oaks High School, explained on Twitter that he was approached by Matt Mason, the school's director of student activities, just before he walked on stage, the Atlanta Black Star reported.
Mason demanded that Holmes hand over his Kente cloth. When the student declined, Mason sought police assistance.
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The grand opening of the Centennial Wheel got off to a rocky start Friday night, when a power outage briefly halted the running of the new Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Navy Pier officials confirmed that a power outage had caused the wheel to stop. Electricians were working to fix the issue and get people down, a spokesperson said, with the priority of keeping people comfortable and getting them down.
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Autopsies released Friday of the 14 victims of the San Bernardino terror attack confirm that all died quickly after being shot at least twice but also reveal chilling details of the carnage.
San Bernardino County released the heavily redacted autopsies as part of a public records request by The Associated Press.
Victims of the Dec. 2 attack were San Bernardino County public health workers attending an annual training inside a vast conference room that had been decked out for Christmas. Dressed in black and wearing ski masks, one of their co-workers, Syed Rizwan Farook, and his wife opened fire on the group before the pair was killed in a same-day shootout with police.
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A veterinary intern and student worked together to save the life of a fluffy sheltie after they realized he didn't need to be euthanized just moments before the procedure was to take place, the Today Show reported.
The 10-year-old pup, Ollie, was experiencing a temporary paralysis due to a paralyzing tick behind his ear, but his owner, Falline Fate Meteney, had no way of knowing that. Instead, Meteney assumed that Ollie, who could not stand, walk, or control his bladder, needed to be put to sleep.
Meteney dropped off Ollie at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where luckily veterinary student Neena Golden and intern Dr. Adam Stone were assigned to take care of the pup. The doctors discovered a tick behind Ollie's ear, despite the fact that he had been wearing a tick collar.
Instead of prepping Ollie to be put down, the doctors prepared to remove the tick and hoped that it would stop the paralysis. And luckily it did.
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Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.
The 150 experts — including a former White House science adviser — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."
The letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause neurological problems, including a rare syndrome that can be fatal or result in temporary paralysis. The authors also noted that despite increased efforts to wipe out the mosquitoes that spread Zika, cases in Rio have gone up rather than down.
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Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling was indicted on child pornography charges by a federal grand jury Friday.
Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child porn on his laptop computer and a flash drive, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Central District of California.
The images, depicting young girls, were allegedly seized from Salling’s Shadow Hills home in December.